Supreme Court Rule Leaves Millions in Limbo

June 23, 2016

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The court came to a 4-4 tie, leaving the lower court decision in place. The enforcement of the Obama Administration’s 2014 […]

What Unites Us Is Stronger Than What Divides Us

June 21, 2016

According to a new Global Trends report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), global forced displacement has reached a record high. The report notes that, on average, 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015. These staggering statistics were released yesterday on World Refugee Day, a commemorative event created by […]

Helping Others Help Themselves

June 16, 2016

Nancy Kral began working with immigrants in Texas when she volunteered with the League of Women Voters, helping new Americans register to vote at their naturalization ceremonies. She was inspired by the thousands of people sworn in as new U.S. citizens each month. “There are so many people that so strongly want to have the […]

Dallas Public Library Supports Citizenship

June 2, 2016

Last month, Dallas New Americans Campaign partners collaborated with the Dallas Public Library to host a citizenship workshop for nearly 130 aspiring new Americans. On May 21, 77 green card holders walked away from the Dallas Central Library with completed applications. “We began our partnership with the Dallas Public Library shortly after the New Americans […]

New Americans Campaign Celebrates 3rd Annual Immigrant Heritage Month

June 1, 2016

Today, the New Americans Campaign joins the third-annual Immigrant Heritage Month, an initiative to partner community organizations, elected officials, corporations, artists and thought leaders and share inspirational stories of American immigrants. The celebration launched today with a new campaign, I Am An Immigrant, which demonstrates how America’s diversity, which is fueled in large part by immigrants, makes […]

Rising Interest in U.S. Citizenship Discussed at Houston Ethnic Media Roundtable

May 16, 2016

Last month, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Houston to discuss naturalization for the city’s nearly 350,000 citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents. Applications for naturalization spiked in the last year, a common trend during presidential election years. Local Campaign partners are helping applicants navigate the process, which is much easier […]

New Interactive Map Helps Refine Naturalization Efforts

May 10, 2016

Earlier this year, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at the University of Southern California released an interactive map that “estimates of the size and region-of-origin composition of eligible-to-naturalize adults in the United States,” and provides demographic breakdowns which help make decisions on how to target naturalization efforts. The CSII map, developed […]

Could You Be a Citizen and Not Even Know It?

In recent months, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has seen a significant number of cases of individuals starting the naturalization process without realizing they are already citizens. The reason? The Child Citizenship Act, which went into effect on Feb. 27, 2001. Under this act, children who were born to naturalized citizens and under […]

Proposed Naturalization Fee Changes Help Some Immigrants, Hurt Others

May 6, 2016

More low-income workers and families will soon be able to apply for a partial fee waiver for naturalization costs, making it easier for them to apply for citizenship, the Department of Homeland Security announced. Earlier this week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a proposed rule to adjust the immigration and naturalization fee schedule […]

New N-400 Naturalization Application Form Published

May 2, 2016

On April 13, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new citizenship application form N-400. USCIS proposed changes to the N-400 application last year and asked for public comment throughout 2015. Last November, the Naturalization Working Group, the policy arm of the New Americans Campaign, submitted its comments on the proposed changes. 19 partner […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,400 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 211,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $189 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More